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Hidden Treasure Map

Follow the map to find the treasure!

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Ahoy, buccaneers! Send your kids on an imaginary journey to find a hidden treasure. Have them envision the trip and that final reward. Draw it on paper. They’ll think it’s fun to be in charge of a mystery!
Hidden Treasure Map
What You’ll Need
  • Brown paper bag
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Paintbrush
  • Water
  • Paper
  • Markers or crayons
What to Do

1. Tear off the bottom of a paper bag and cut a side seam to fully open the bag.

2. Crumple the paper. Then flatten it out.

3. Use markers to draw a map of your imaginary journey.

4. Draw an X on one part of the map where the treasure is hidden. Draw a path to the X.

5. Paint the map with water, spreading the colors. Let dry.

6. On the back of the map, draw a picture of the secret treasure hidden at the X.

Extend the Fun

For younger kids: Make the treasure hunt a reality, in the house or a small area of the backyard. You draw the map, hide a prize, and send your child on a journey to find it, using the visual clues on the map.

For older kids: Think big! Imagine a favorite destination—somewhere you’ve been before, or a place you dream of visiting. How would you get there? Airplane, car, spaceship? Use a map or an atlas to help you plot your course on a paper-bag map.

Craft by Heather Leann; text by Mary Sears.

How many books do you currently have in your house? Include books on tape, audio books, and eBooks, as well as all hard and soft cover books that you own or have borrowed. Select one answer below.

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How many books do you currently have in your house? Include books on tape, audio books, and eBooks, as well as all hard and soft cover books that you own or have borrowed. Select one answer below.
1 to 10
4% (3 votes)
10 to 20
4% (3 votes)
20 to 50
8% (6 votes)
50 to 100
15% (11 votes)
More than 100
69% (51 votes)
Total votes: 74